The President Who Cried Wolf

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams

27 February 2017

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During the last few weeks I have been led to think about the fable entitled “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” the story of a boy whose lies about an impending wolf attack on his flock of sheep led to a lack of response from the community when an actual wolf came on the scene. Shocked that no one responded to his cries for help, the boy questioned the elders, only to find that it took but two false claims of the presence of a wolf to damage his credibility…which brings us back to the present day and the President’s culture of #alternativefacts.

I. “An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

Donald Trump peddled this lie for years.

II. “I guess it was the biggest electoral college victory since Ronald Reagan.”

No, not nearly.

1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111

2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168

4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176

5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206

6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232

III. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide…”

Which he did not…

“I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Which they did not.

IV. “But God looked down and He said, ‘We’re not going to let it rain on your speech.'”

Wrong god. It rained.

V. “They will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”

Not according to the Mexican president.

VI. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden…”

Nothing happened that night.

VII. The Media is the enemy of the people.

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…

-from the first Amendment to the Constitution.

Like the boy in the fable, President Trump runs the considerable risk of encountering a crisis and not being believed when he is actually telling the truth. That’s what is really sad.

Fact Check 1

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The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
17 February 2017

President Trump said he had the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan. This is why people question his credibility.

1984 Reagan 525 Mondale 12
1980 Reagan 489 Carter 49

1. 1988 Bush(GH) 426 Dukakis 111
2. 1996 Clinton/Gore 379 Dole 179
3. 1992 Clinton/Gore 370 Bush 168

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4. 2008 Obama/Biden 365 McCain/Palin 176
5. 2012 Obama/Biden 332 Romney/Ryan 206
6. 2016 Trump/Pence 306 Clinton/Kaine 232
7. 2004 Bush(GW) 286 Kerry 252
8. 2000 Bush(GW) 271 Gore 267

He had nowhere near the biggest win.
#alternativefacts

Send In The Clowns

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
13 February 2017

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I. FYI…

Whenever you hear Donald Trump say “Believe me” you can be almost certain he has just said something that is absolutely not to be believed.

II. Super Bowl Shuffle

When the Chicago Cubs visited the White House days before President Obama left office, someone commented that as a result of the forthcoming change in administration, they might be the last team to visit for a while. But now that the New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champs – with the owner, head coach and star QB being friends of President Trump – that will not be the case. However, a growing number of Patriots will be skipping the event because they do not want to share the stage with him. I understand their sentiments.

Still I’m reminded of a time when I had lost my college ID, but soon found an old ID of a friend that had just graduated. Not wanting to pay whatever the fee was for replacement, I decided that it was just as easy to use his ID to flash to get into the gym. Gordon and I really didn’t resemble each other, but he was an African-American and so was I, so I figured that would be close enough – and as it turns out, I was never denied entry.

So while I understand why those that choose to skip the White House trip are doing so, I almost want to borrow one of their IDs so I could find a way to ask the President why he discriminated against Blacks seeking to rent apartments, why he hasn’t apologized for slandering the Central Park 5, and of course the birther stuff.

III. Brady as GOAT

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback, or maybe even the greatest football player, of all time? That was definitely a great performance on Sunday, but it certainly shouldn’t be based solely on the five Super Bowl rings; if it is, does that mean that Robert Horry and Steve Kerr are among the top 10 or 15 basketball players of all time? Steve and “Big Shot Bob” hit tons of clutch shots for the various teams they won titles with, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that would rate them top 15.

Additionally, players in other sports who are great offensive players must also play on the defensive side, unless they are the DH in baseball. As a result, analysis of their greatness includes more than just their offensive prowess. But in football, players play on one side of the ball, which means that their success is totally dependent upon an entire group of other people. Tom Brady would not be in a position to win five Super Bowls and be called the greatest if the Patriots’ defense and special team units are not on point. So for me, definitively calling someone the greatest football player ever becomes extremely hard to prove.

IV. Pass The Hat

Aside from the fact that it was ludicrous for Kellyanne Conway, White House advisor, to urge people to enrich the family of the billionaire occupant of the White House, wasn’t that against the basic principles of the free market economic system that Republicans champion? Didn’t basic supply and demand, and sales performance, lead to the removal of Ivanka Trump’s line?

V. Send In The Clowns

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus is closing this year…and who would have believed it? That circus is among the things – like the Super Bowl, the World Series, and your class with the bad professor – that you figured would never end.

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I guess since Ringling Bros.’ longtime spring home, Madison Square Garden, will miss them dearly, the Knicks are trying to fill in the gap with the ejection and roughing up and “lifetime ban” of Knicks legend Charles Oakley, as well as the wind-swinging and subtle trashing of current star

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Carmelo Anthony. If you were a free agent, would you be rushing to sign with them?

VI. Court

The President tweeted SEE YOU IN COURT after the appeals court did not seek to reinstate the travel ban. Does he not realize that federal judges are from the court system? Maybe not…which might explain why he referred to the judge from Washington as a “so-called” judge.

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If he has no respect for the judiciary, he needs to find a new job…maybe in construction management, since I figure the President will cut the construction costs for his wall by using undocumented Mexicans to build it.

VII. And Tomorrow…

In the midst of so much bad news, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Help!

The SEVEN
by Mack Williams
3 February 2017

I. Hurry!

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Will someone please call Commissioner Gordon and tell him to turn on the Barack signal? It’s an emergency! Make sure he tells him we need his wife.

II. Again?

It certainly seems ironic that the African-American hosts of the Today show’s 9:00am hour – Al Roker and the now departed Tamron Hall – are being bumped in favor of Megyn Kelly, who insisted (while on FOX news) that Jesus

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and Santa Claus were white.

When I got married my morning news show of choice was Good Morning America, but I soon found that my bride was a Today show person. Being the “aim to please” husband that I am, I moved to Today. Now I think it’s time for me to take another little break from Today like the one I took when Ann Curry was jerked around.

III. I Hope Not

Is it too late for President Trump to borrow Dr. Khan’s copy of the constitution?

IV. Skeptical

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If you happen to be on the fence in terms of religion, a bunch of your friendly neighborhood conservative “evangelicals” might very well be pushing you away. They have spent decades urging believers to be involved in the political process, saying that God needed to be in the houses of government. Then when Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims, mocks the disabled, and speaks of “bad hombres” in Mexico and grabbing women’s private parts, they support him. What is it about President Trump – who solicits prayer for Celebrity Apprentice ratings at the National Prayer Breakfast – that reminds them of “love thy neighbor?”

And now this week Pastor Darrell Scott States on national TV that he was contacted by gang bangers to be a conduit to the Trump administration, only to walk that back hours later. What should make me believe you from your pulpit, Pastor Scott, when you didn’t speak truthfully on TV?

V. G.O.A.T.

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When people speak of the history of the New York Yankees and the 27 championships they have won, they often characterize the Yankees as the greatest franchise of all time, by virtue of their standard of excellence over such a long time.

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So now is Serena Williams the greatest female tennis player ever?

VI. Royal Rumble

It occurs to me that the political parties in Congress are like the participants in a professional wrestling match. The Democrats are like the wrestler that wants to shake hands before the match, and follow the rules. The Republicans are like the “heel” that kicks his opponent in his privates while the ref has his head turned, and then denies doing anything wrong once confronted. After a while one has to fight fire with fire.

VII. Irony

How will it feel to be Roger Goodell if you have to hand the Super Bowl MVP trophy to the same Tom Brady you suspended for the first four games of the season?